‘Oldest Soccer Club’ Label Causing Debate
Being labeled the oldest professional soccer club in the world would bring an significant amount of pride and potentially, a significant amount of income. The Oldest Professional Club title has been stated many times since the beginning of the sport in England. Prior to the earliest competitions took place in England the Football Association was created with the office game rules back in 1863.
The title of the world’s oldest professional club is now being claimed the Premier League team, the Crystal Palace Football club. The Notts County team was thought to be the oldest professional football club, having formed in 1862 but it seems the Sheffield FC is the oldest team since they were formed in 1857. Peter Manning, the official Crystal Palace historian believes that the London based club is the oldest professional club as he has uncovered new information supporting his theory.
The Crystal Palace team was formed in 1861 as reported by the Sky Sports. In 1862, the Crystal Palace Company started playing on the Crystal Palace site as part of the world fair.
The Crystal Palace team was initially formed to play cricket and would schedule soccer games around the summer cricket season. Everyone assumed that the team stopped play in 1867 to prevent the cricket field form being damaged. Manning believes he has now uncovered evidence the club played soccer throughout the believed break that lasted 20 years before the Crystal Palace Company built the soccer team a stadium of their own.
Peter Manning was praised by Crystal Palace Chairman Steve Parrish for his impressive work on the history of the club that could add even more prestige to the Premier League team. The club has a rich history that dates back to the 1863 formation of The Football Association and played in the first FA Cup competition in 1871. The history of the Crystal Palace Football Club starts when the team merged with the historical London County Cricket Club.